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Suspects Involved in a Riverside Church Theft Caught While Trying to Sell the Equipment

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RIVERSIDE – The sale of stolen music equipment led to the arrest of two men and one woman on Wednesday.

The investigation began when a costly guitar was reported stolen from the La Sierra area.  Through investigation, detectives with the Riverside Police Department recovered the guitar that was stolen. The person who had possession of the guitar said that he had purchased it from a suspect in Riverside.

On Wednesday, the same person who purchased the guitar was offered additional musical equipment for sale by the suspect who sold the guitar to him. The same day, just prior to this contact, Sandals Church located at 150 Palmyrita Avenue in Riverside reported that their musical equipment, valued at around $20,000 was stolen. Surveillance footage from the church was obtained to assist in the investigation. Detectives posing as customers arranged to meet with the suspect in a Corona shopping center to purchase the equipment.

During the meeting the equipment was recovered and two suspects; 20-year-old Moreno Valley resident Shane Rowan and 55-year-old Murrieta resident Jack Carpenter were arrested. Both were also in possession of narcotics and were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, and drug possession. A follow-up search was conducted in a room at the Budget Inn  located at 1911 University Avenue in the City of Riverside. During the search, authorities located Methamphetamine and Heroin. The occupant, 24-year-old Riverside resident Chloe Swenson was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for drug possession for the purpose of sale.

Other items were also recovered including music equipment, laptops, and other potentially stolen items. One laptop has been linked to a burglary of a home in the 1800 block of Steinman Street in the City of Riverside, Anyone who has recently had their musical equipment stolen is encouraged to contact Detective Andy Cook at (951) 353-7953 or acook@riversideca.gov.

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